In Breckenridge you will find some great dining options from coffee shops and casual restaurants to microbreweries and fine dining. My top new finds include:
Hearthstone Restaurant: This fine dining restaurant is located in an historic home, at 113 S. Ridge, that was built in the early 1880’s. It has been a popular spot since 1989 and features wild game, fresh seafood and hand-cut steaks. I loved the Blackberry Elk which featured elk with a garlic granola crust and blackberry demi-glace plus goat cheese farro risotto and carrots, The peach creme brulee was a great way to end of the dinner.
Blue River Bistro: At 305 N. Main, this contemporary restaurant features great soups, salads, sandwiches and more. It is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The beet salad with salmon was perfect for lunch.
Next door is Daylight Donuts, at 305 N. Main. This is a fun casual spot, open for breakfast and an early lunch, featuring some great homemade donuts and their own coffee.
Cabin Coffee Company, 222 S. Main: This is a fun local coffee house that roasts their own coffee onsite. I also really enjoyed Cuppa Joe, upstairs at 118 S. Ridge. They feature coffee drinks, baked goods and several types of breakfast sandwiches and burritos. There is also The Crown at 215 S. Main for coffee, pastries and breakfast items.
Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon, 109 Lincoln Ave.: I enjoyed the ambience and food of this long-term Breckenridge restaurant that features, game steaks, fish and more. My Rocky Mountain trout entree with sauteed spinach and almonds was very good. They also have a bar that offers half-priced small plates on Friday and Saturday evenings.
For a snack or glass of wine stop in at Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate and Ridge Street Wine at 304 S. Main.
Other places getting good reviews and recommendations from locals I talked to include: Ember at 106 E. Adams, The Canteen Tap House and Tavern at 208 N. Main with its fun outdoor deck and Modis at 113 S. Main for contemporary cuisine. My B&B also likes Southridge Seafood Grill for a extensive menu of “things that swim” and “things that don’t”.
You can also find some great local microbreweries and distilleries in town. Make sure to visit:
Breckenridge Brewery: The Breckenridge Brewery Brewpub is located downtown at the end of Main St. Here you can eat a casual meal and sample some of their line of ales, lagers, porters, IPAs and wheat beer. I really liked the light and crisp Kolsch Style Ale. 600 S. Main.
Breckenridge Distillery: Make sure to stop in at the tasting room of this local distillery that features their locally produced gin, vodka, bourbon and spiced rum. My favorites were the Breckenridge Blend Bourbon and the Espresso Flavored Vodka. The downtown tasting room is located at 137 S. Main St. Their facility at 1925 Airport Rd. features tastings, distillery tours and new restaurant.
Broken Compass Brewing Co.: At 68 Continental Court, near the Breckenridge Distillery’s Airport Rd. location, this is the newest microbrewery in town. Their Tap House features their porters, ales and IPAs.